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Report: Raiders DC Jason Tarver fined $15K for bird-flipping

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer


When Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver flipped off the officials twice last week, you knew a punishment would be handed down, particularly since former Titans owner Bud Adams, Jets coach Rex Ryan and former Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil all had been heavily fined in recent years for doing the same thing.

Though Tarver apologized a day after the incidents, the Raiders still fined him $15,000 for his digital outbursts, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. The NFL reportedly said it was OK with whatever punishment the team levied on Tarver.

“I apologize for my action on the sideline of [Sunday's] game,” Tarver said in a statement. “It was in the heat of the moment, and I regret drawing attention away from the Raiders players and what they accomplished.”

In fact, the Raiders beat the Steelers that day.

But the Oakland organization also seems impressed by what Tarver has accomplished this season, molding the defense into a top-10 unit after it was No. 18 last season and No. 29 in 2011.

“The only thing I'll say is I think he's done an outstanding job with this defense,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said this week, via CSN Bay Area. “I think he's a fiery and emotional guy, and I think our players have really taken to that. I think they've embraced that type of attitude, and I think he's got the defense playing at a high level right now.”

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